In cases seen at Florida-based Gulf Coast Kid's House, over 97%of the time a child is abused by a family member or a trusted family friend. Prior to opening its doors, families would be shuffled all around the county and talk to as many as seven or eight difference agencies. As a children's advocacy center, GCKH has combined all of the professionals and resources needed for the intervention, investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases under one child friendly facility.
People may not always consider the impact abuse has on the entire family. The programs in place at GCKH exist to support the entire family in their healing. Child abuse comes in many forms – physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect – and recognizing child abuse isn't easy.